They haven't served their nation yet, but some of the dozens of junior ROTC students here could before long.
Monday's Veterans Day ceremony wasn't about them, though WFISD officials said the day helps educate students of what everyone owes to our vets.
A day where a simple thank-you can go a long way.
“We need to thank our veterans for the blood and sacrifices throughout the ages to make our country what it is today,” said Wichtia Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego.
Chief Borrego, a veteran himself, spoke to both the young and the old, including some from the “Greatest Generation,” about the high toll preserving freedom takes.
“That's what we fought on these battlefields for. Our soldiers died trying to protect this country and try to make it what it is today, so our youth can grow up and be free and enjoy life,” said Borrego.
Some in the audience, like Brittani Richards, hope to make their own contribution to preserving our freedom and rights.
“Military is a great thing, and it's a future for everybody. The military does so much for more than just one person, it does something for everyone,” she said.
Inspired by those who went before them. As the next generation gets ready to prove our way of life is worth fighting for.
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